Friday, April 24, 2009
For an explanation, see the first edition of this series.
Despite a sweep in Washington, Marlins starters could not manage a quality start in three games, with only Josh Johnson lasting past the fourth inning in that series. Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco picked up quality starts in Pittsburgh, but were let down by the offense and bullpen in each of those games. The defense was better, allowing only one unearned run on three errors in six games. Jeremy Hermida and Cody Ross each had two clutch home runs in Washington, and Cameron Maybin hit his first home run as a Marlin in Pittsburgh. All in all, an odd week; the starters pitched better in losses, the defense managed to be uneventful, and the home runs for the most part came at the most opportune moments.